If we are talking about who needs to apologise, the National Government needs to apologise for the disgraceful actions that it has inflicted upon Māori in the past. Who remembers Don Brash in Ōrewa? Who remembers that speech? Who remembers the hate that was whipped up from that dog whistle, from that Government over that?
This was a comment made by Rino Tirikatene, the current Labour member for Te Tai Tonga, speaking in General Debate in Parliament on Wednesday 11 May 2016. A member of the party that confiscated the foreshore and seabed in 2004, invaded Ngāi Tūhoe in October 2007, and refused to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Who remembers? Indeed.